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Mandy Chessell

Mandy Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS honFIED is a trusted advisor to executives from large organisations, working with them to develop their strategy and architecture relating to the governance, integration and management of information.

Mandy worked for IBM for 35 years, the last 15 as an IBM Distinguished Engineer. She is now one of the founders of Pragmatic Data Research Ltd, dedicated to improving the transparency, security and efficiency of digital operations and data management.

Mandy has been developing integration software throughout her career. Her focus has always been on using and supporting open standards to achieve heterogeneous-interoperability. For example she worked on the early implementations of the CORBA standards and has contributed to the standards work of OASIS and The Open Group. Today Mandy is the leader and top contributor to the Egeria Open Source project ( which is part of the LF AI & Data Foundation. Egeria is focused on providing an open metadata and governance technology that is able to exchange, integrate and correlate metadata from different tools, engines and platforms.

Mandy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is known for inventing and implementing tools and practices that have effected a step change in the productivity and reliability of Internet based business software. In 2015 she received a CBE for services to software engineering.

Mandy was identified in 2000 as one of MIT Technology Review’s hundred young people most likely to make significant 21st century technical innovation. She is also distinguished as the first woman to win a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal. Mandy has published numerous titles and has over 50 patents issued worldwide.

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